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Handmade greeting card – colors in a package

Mother’s Day is long gone in the States and in Japan as well, but not yet in France, where my sweet mum is (insert lots of hearts). It will be celebrated this Sunday, and I prepared a little package to send her way for this special day, since sadly I won’t be there in person.

A little while ago, I wrote about a simple and pretty bracelet I had beaded. I really loved the color palette and even thought for a few minutes about keeping it for myself… but stuck to the original plan and sent it to her. I also sent another beaded bracelet, quite similar to this one, because I know she’ll love the colors and wearability of it.

These two bracelets were safely nestled into a little zipper pouch, handmade too. The front side is the sweetest linen print, while the back is just plan linen. The lining is a very soft green cotton.

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But my package wouldn’t have been complete without a handmade greeting card ! I had a lot of ideas but decided to go with a style I’m not too familiar with. A lot of cutting (that, I’m used to !), corner-rounding, and gluing. I think my glue stick lost a lot of weight during the operation ! The flowers and the leaf motifs are hand carved eraser stamps that I made a few years ago and have been using since. I stamped the flowers in different shades of pink to give some depth to the “bouquet” and then used some color pencils to add more nuances here and there. I also used a little embossing (the transparent kind, with just a bit of sparkle inside. Love it).

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I wanted to keep the card simple. I don’t know if I really did, but as long as the recipient is happy, I’ll be happy too ! (picture of the card – courtesy of the outside wall of my apartment. Uhum.)

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If some of you are interested, I’ll upload the template for the card. Just let me know !

Have a good day !

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2009 New Year Handmade Greeting cards : templates and tutorial !

Has the rush for Christmas presents – handmade or else- and New Year celebration plans already begun in your house ?!

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To keep up with the preparations for the upcoming New Year celebration, here are a few templates that I made for some handmade greeting cards (cards like these !). There are six templates :

– 2 square-shaped cards,

– 2 rectangle-shaped cards, those four with square windows, then

– 1 rectangle-shaped card with rectangular vertical windows, and at last

– 1 square-shaped card with round windows of different sizes.

Here they are : 2009 handmade New Year greeting cards templates

To use these templates, simply print the one you want to make a card out of, then cut out the windows and the outline of the card with a cutter (Xacto type) knife. Place this template on the paper you want to use for your card and draw the windows lines with a pencil. Cut those out carefully (if your paper is thick, don’t try to cut it in one go : applying too much strength on the blade of your cutter knife makes it difficult to cut straight and you may injure yourself. So keep it safe and pretty, cut once, then again if needed.)

The templates are only for the face of the card, so if you want a card that folds, don’t forget to include the fold before you cut the contour of your card !

If you want to give these cards a go, you can find a very simple tutorial I made for them a little while ago here, towards the end of the post.

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I’m on my way to make some more !

Feel free to use the templates and make your own cards, so many variations are possible ! If you feel inspired to give these a try, let me know, I’ll be happy to see your take on them !

Have a beautiful day everyone !


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